Pat Glass MP for North West Durham has confirmed that she will not stand again at the next general election and today she stepped down as shadow education secretary.
I have worked closely with Pat on many local and general election campaigns and would like to thank her particularly for her advice, help and support during the 2015 general election campaign when I was Labour's parliamentary candidate in the neighbouring constituency of Hexham.
Campaigns are often long and difficult, as we have seen in the EU referendum, placing pressures on family life, so I fully understand the reasons why after 6 years as an MP Pat would chose not to put herself forward again.
In Pat we have seen an MP who is passionate about improving the life chances of young people through improved education. She served on the education select committee and it is a shame that the education expertise of someone who actually worked as a teacher will be lost from Parliament.
I wish her all the best for the remainder of her term and for the future.